SBIR-STTR Award

High Power MEMS Switch for Use in Exploding Foil Initiator Applications
Profile last edited on: 9/19/2022

Program
SBIR
Agency
Navy
Total Award Amount
$973,716
Award Phase
2
Principal Investigator
Nate Selden
Activity Indicator

Company Information

Tanner Research Inc

1851 Huntington Boulevard
Duarte, CA 91010
   (626) 471-9700
   labs-info@tanner.com
   www.tanner.com
Multiple Locations:   
Congressional District:   32
County:   Los Angeles

Phase I

Phase I year
2018
Phase I Amount
$223,875
Tanner Research will develop, implement, and test a MEMS fabricated hybrid solid-state electronic switch for Phase I proof-of-concept demonstration of reliably initiating an EFI detonator for embedding into an electronic S&A device (ESAD). Tanner Researchs Phase I proof of concept hardware development is focused on developing and implementing the proof of concept high voltage switch, and secondly on integrating the switch into a COTS-type TRL-7 ESAD for empirical demonstration. Accordingly, the solid state discharge switch, with no moving parts, will provide accurate single- or multipoint timing, and repeatable operation for warhead and rocket motor fuzing applications. Objectively, the silicon-based discharge switch is being developed for reliable, low-cost insertion in electronic fuzing architectures, as well as providing robustness in high-G and high-radiation environments, along with repeatable operation for multi-option fuzing applications. Fundamental to this approach is the need for cost effective alternatives to existing solid-state trigger switches that have increased electronic fuzing costs to the point of infeasibility.

Benefit:
Tanner Research, Inc. over 16 years has developed 6 generations of electronic fuzing architectures for reliable EFI detonator initiation. The high-cost and long delivery times of solid-state switching led to developing several 100-nanosecond response time alternatives to facilitate continued marketing into low-cost high density munitions transitioning to IM-compliance. The proposed solution could be used as a drop-in replacement for the single most expensive component in such electronic devices, dramatically reducing electronic fuze costs. Further, Tanner will demonstrate a clear path toward future applications in multiple munitions.

Keywords:
EFI Detonator, EFI Detonator, Electronic Fuzing, HV Fireset, HV Pulsed Power, MEMS CDU Switch, High Voltage Trigger,, Solid-State Spark Gap

Phase II

Phase II year
2022 (last award dollars: 2022)
Phase II Amount
$749,841
Tanner Research will develop, implement, and test a MEMS fabricated hybrid solid-state electronic switch for Phase I proof-of-concept demonstration of reliably initiating an EFI detonator for embedding into an electronic S&A device (ESAD). Tanner Researchs Phase I proof of concept hardware development is focused on developing and implementing the proof of concept high voltage switch, and secondly on integrating the switch into a COTS-type TRL-7 ESAD for empirical demonstration. Accordingly, the solid state discharge switch, with no moving parts, will provide accurate single- or multipoint timing, and repeatable operation for warhead and rocket motor fuzing applications. Objectively, the silicon-based discharge switch is being developed for reliable, low-cost insertion in electronic fuzing architectures, as well as providing robustness in high-G and high-radiation environments, along with repeatable operation for multi-option fuzing applications. Fundamental to this approach is the need for cost effective alternatives to existing solid-state trigger switches that have increased electronic fuzing costs to the point of infeasibility.

Benefit:
Tanner Research, Inc. over 16 years has developed 6 generations of electronic fuzing architectures for reliable EFI detonator initiation. The high-cost and long delivery times of solid-state switching led to developing several 100-nanosecond response time alternatives to facilitate continued marketing into low-cost high density munitions transitioning to IM-compliance. The proposed solution could be used as a drop-in 0x9D replacement for the single most expensive component in such electronic devices, dramatically reducing electronic fuze costs. Further, Tanner will demonstrate a clear path toward future applications in multiple munitions.

Keywords:
HV Fireset, MEMS CDU Switch, Electronic Fuzing, HV Pulsed Power, EFI Detonator, High Voltage Trigger, Solid-State Spark Gap